Paddling like a girl...

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Re: Paddling like a girl...

Postby defever » Fri May 10, 2013 10:18 pm

This might be of some help to relate to how you can improve:

Common Freestyle Mistakes in Swimming

The first point (look down to the bottom) isn't really a good advice; more like look 45angle forward. But looking straight down is a good practice to begin with, if this is one of your areas to improve.

Hope this helps?
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Re: Paddling like a girl...

Postby doubleoverfred » Wed May 22, 2013 9:17 am

I'd stay out of the Trent, it's filthy! (i've been in it a few times when in a state of advanced refreshment). That said I have been mind surfing the standing waves at the watersports centre in Bridgford, desperate times indeed. Roll on the weekend...
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Re: Paddling like a girl...

Postby Dantastic » Wed May 22, 2013 11:22 am

Weekend looks ok on the North East.

I think I will stick to the pool. The trent is filthy, ive canoed on it a few times and its hideous.
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Re: Paddling like a girl...

Postby LostThePlot » Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:15 am

I also find breast stroking much easier than front crawl but my crawl has improved massively by chatting to my local pool lifeguards, many of whom are qualified swimming teachers... They will be able to see exactly where the problem in your technique lies and give you a specific fix for it.
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Re: Paddling like a girl...

Postby Dantastic » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:01 pm

Just thought I'd post back. Been swimming a fair bit and it helps loads. Feel like I can paddle for about twice the distance as before. My swimming technique is still shameful but I'm up to about 5 or 6 lengths with a float between my legs. Will keep swimming and surfing as much as I can.

Anybody got any clues on what percentage wearing a 5mm wetsuit adds to the resistance/makes it harder to paddle or swim?
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Re: Paddling like a girl...

Postby ATTMFKH » Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:23 am

Last in depth clinic trial I read it was : 12.37% paddling , 15.21% swimming
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Re: Paddling like a girl...

Postby Philshoz » Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:23 am

LostThePlot wrote:I also find breast stroking much easier than.................


Insert rude comment here
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Re: Paddling like a girl...

Postby Black » Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:21 pm

Philshoz wrote:
LostThePlot wrote:I also find breast stroking much easier than.................


Insert rude comment here

How well I resisted! :-)

12.36% paddling isn't it?
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Re: Paddling like a girl...

Postby ATTMFKH » Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:06 pm

^ yeah I think so , rounding error , sorry Black :mrgreen:
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Re: Paddling like a girl...

Postby Black » Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:46 pm

+ or - 0.1% error diffusion maybe ATTMFKH :-|
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Re: Paddling like a girl...

Postby zboy » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:37 pm

you wish you could paddle like a girl ...check out the asp girls :shock: :-D
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Re: Paddling like a girl...

Postby Microwebby » Fri Nov 15, 2013 4:58 pm

If I was you I'd get some swimming lessons. A few years ago a realised I couldn't swim as well as I thought I could when I snapped my leash. Started going to lessons at my local pool. It was cheap, a good laugh, I got to swim and improve in a group, and I went from two lengths of crawl then exhausted to as many as I like. Broke my leash again in France this year and the 200 metre swim in, in decent sized surf, was fine. Also, learn lifesavers sidestroke. It's fast and efficient and as you're looking behind you you can see the sets coming if you've lost your board
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